Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I get a vast majority of my news by listening to National Public Radio (I do little TV watching). And in the AM I always tune into Morning Edition - every Friday on the show there's a segment dedicated to StoryCorps. I always get choked up listening to the stories that are shared!StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of who we really are as Americans.
StoryCorps is encourages people to start a new holiday tradition & celebrate the National Day of Listening on Friday November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving. Sit down with a loved one and record a meaningful conversation.
I've got our cam corder all ready!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
These are pics of the island I've been hunting. So far I haven't seen a soul, and really don't expect to. It's a river island....accessible only by boat, and maybe 300 acres in size. Though its fresh water, its still influenced by the tide which can make for an easy paddle if you time it right. Because I could find no name for the island on any map, I'm calling it Turtle Shell Island for a yellowbelly slider shell I found at the base of a big Tupelo. And also just because I can.
I was slip-hunting along the ground one morning and eased up on these pigs. I stopped at 25 yards to keep from spooking them. I didn't want to kill one, because I had just taken a nice one a few days earlier and really wanted a deer. And also because dragging a pig out is, well...a drag. They kept feeding my way so I eased the phone out for a pic at 10 yards or so. Then another pic at 3 feet or so....then I forgot about pics. The porker was just about sniffing my boot when he finally decided I wasn't a tree. Pigs aren't known for graceful exits, and he was certainly not fluid in taking his leave. There were two cypress knees growing about a foot apart and about three feet tall. In his "haste" he ran between them and got stuck. So I'm standing there in shock while a 50 lb. wild hog is stuck between two roots 3 feet from my boot. The other hogs were a wee bit confused as well. Kilgo wrote that dragging a pig is good therapy. Watching them act the fool is pretty good, too. :-)
This ones a wee bit fuzzier. And closer.
Friday, November 14, 2008
- The elevation in body temperature makes it difficult for viruses and bacteria to grow.
- Fever stimulates the body to produce infection-fighting white blood cells.
- Many health care providers recommend using medication only to make the child more comfortable. How sick your child looks and acts is much more important than the level of the fever.
- A fever above 107 is considered harmful.
- The goal for using medications should not be to bring the temp down to normal ranges.
- The body has built in safeguards that prevent most fevers from getting dangerously high.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
- My child slept thru the night! we all got around 7 hours continuous sleep! (we are night weening and have had 16 nights of tantrums - we are still nursing during the day, and probably will for awhile...)
- The elections are over! = no more commercials/signs. Plus I think the results are fabulous!
- We are traveling back to Athens this weekend for the first time since moving in August. I get to visit Nicole & Carrie! Plus, I'll be back at the old house to empty our storage building (all the stuff I had to abandon at the end because we were out of room, this has been a nagging thought in the back of my mind for weeks).
- The ignition issue is being fixed on the Pathfinder - it's at the shop today!
- Angie will be back stateside on Saturday (after nearly 3 years in Tasmania)!
- Levi is making great progress in potty training - now consistently letting us know when he's gotta go.
- Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means I get to go home to Wildwood!
- I'm finally settled into this new life on the coast, making an array of new friends, & feel happy again :)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
My party had been pushing ahead at a fast pace for a number of days, and one morning when we were ready to set out, our native bearers, who carried the food and equipment, were found sitting about without any preparations made for starting the day.
Upon being questioned, they said, quite simply, that they had been traveling so fast in these last days that they had gotten ahead of their souls and were going to stay quietly in camp for the day in order for their souls to catch up with them.
So they came to a complete stop.